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Dear Michael,

The National Council is pleased to announce that you will soon have the option to teach Mental Health First Aid virtually.

As America practices physical distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19, we must find new ways to provide people with the tools to support themselves and their communities. The virtual delivery option will better equip family, friends and neighbors to help one another during these difficult times.

How it Works
The new virtual delivery option includes a 2-hour self-paced course followed by 4 hours of Instructor led training delivered virtually through our learning management system (LMS). In order to provide adequate support for the students and maintain the efficacy of the course, a course led by one Instructor will be limited to 10 participants and a course lead by two co-Instructors will be limited to 20 participants.

What it will Include
The course will use our new curricula, including expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care. Youth MHFA will include content applicable for adults working with youth experiencing other stressors, including the impact of social media. All content is gender neutral and culturally relevant.

When it will be Available
MHFA USA is in the final stages of developing the virtual delivery of MHFA, and we are currently piloting the program in communities across the country. Our goal is to make the virtual option available to all Instructors this June.

How to Become Certified
Existing Instructors will first take 2 hours of self-paced courses. These courses will include information on using the LMS, best practices for virtual teaching, and an overview of the new curricula. Once they have completed the course work, the Instructors will take the self-paced potion of the new First Aider course. This will give them better understanding of the First Aiders’ experience. Finally, they will participate in a live Q&A session with MHFA staff.

What it Costs

  • There is a $150 certification fee (renewable yearly) for Instructors to become certified to teach the virtual delivery option. This fee will also cover certification for teaching the upcoming blended delivery option, and provides Instructors access to expanded technical support and the new LMS.
  • The cost per First Aider is $28.95, which includes access to course materials including a digital manual and the course content.

Do You Plan to Teach MHFA Virtually?
Let us know! Complete this short survey so we know your level of interest.

In the coming weeks we will continue to keep you informed about the virtual option. Until then, we thank you for choosing to #BeTheDifference and hope that you are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.

The Mental Health First Aid team

The National Council for Behavioral Health was instrumental in bringing Mental Health First Aid to the United States. To learn more about Mental Health First Aid USA, visit www.MentalHealthFirstAid.org.